Why choose an LPG boiler?
Our LPG boiler range available to hire covers all outputs from 12kW all the way up to 50kW. The line up of this range features all of the industry’s leading brands such as: Worcester, Baxi and Ideal to name just a few. These boilers are perfect for commercial and domestic properties that are not connected to the national gas grid, but want an environmentally friendly option in comparison to oil. Another application of our LPG is for pop-up events like festivals, parties, markets and all manner of temporary structures; this is often the best option as it allows for the events to provide hot water for bathroom and cooking facilities. Small businesses that are environmentally conscious and want to choose a greener alternative than natural gas or oil are also ideal candidates for our temporary LPG boilers.
As mentioned above LPG boilers are better for the environment, producing around 20% less carbon emissions than oil boiler systems. They are currently the best choice for those wanting to reduce their carbon footprint but cannot afford the high installation costs associated with solar panel powered systems and other renewable energy sources. To drive the point home, LPG boilers in general are cheaper to purchase then install than oil boilers and even have a lower noise output in comparison to alternatives like gas boiler systems.
LPG Supply and Storage
When renting one of our LPG boilers we can provide an LPG storage tank as a part of the lease and can even supply the LPG itself, either in canister format or directly inserted into the tank on your property. Feel free to use your own storage tank (be it above or underground) and LPG supplier but do bare in mind that the delivery vehicle needs the location to be accessible by road, having to get within 25m of the inlet valve. If you do choose to use your own storage tank one of our representatives will need to attend the property to certify the storage tank is safe to use and up to regulations. Another thing to consider if you are renting one of our storage tanks on your lease or have an above ground storage tank yourself, is you need adequate clearance around the tank itself. This needs to be at least 3 metres for tanks up to 2500 litres and 7.5 metres for anything above; by clearance this means no rubbish, weeds, long grass or other obstructions.
Get in touch today on our 24/7 customer service helpline if you are looking for a more environmental and efficient option to your existing boiler system, or if you are simply in an area that isn’t connected to the national gas grid. We have a broad range of models and specifications to offer you, with a trained and friendly representative to assist with your decision of a LPG hire boiler.
Frequently Asked Questions
LPG stands for liquefied petroleum gas, therefore referring to it as LPG gas is actually incorrect as you would then be saying liquefied petroleum gas gas. LPG is also called by a few other names e.g. in Australia and other countries it is commonly known as just propane as this is the type of LPG they primarily use in these countries. Alternatively LPG is also known as butane in some countries as this is the other gas that LPG can be made from. Colloquially they are also referred to as just gas bottles or BBQ gas as they are the most common type of gas bottle you will see being used and mainly for applications such as BBQ’s or camping stoves (other than for boilers of course)!
LPG boilers are quite similar to a normal gas boiler, the main difference is that they use LPG as the fuel in the combustion process to heat the water rather than the natural gas obtained from the national gas grid. Gas boilers and LPG boilers share so many similarities that gas boilers can even be converted to LPG boilers using a conversion kit, although you do get boilers dedicated to LPG use also. There are two main types of LPG, butane and propane, the main difference between these two is that propane has a lower boiling temperature at -42 degrees celsius whereas the boiling temperature for butane is -2 degree celsius. This difference in boiling temperature makes propane better suited to colder environments and butane for a warmer environment. Another difference is that butane actually provides more energy per cubic metre than propane so is actually more efficent. LPG is used for heating and hot water predominantly when there isn’t a natural gas supply available. The reason behind this is because natural gas is much easier to obtain if your location has access to the national gas grid and is cheaper than LPG, despite this LPG still remains the more efficient option even when compared to natural gas.
LPG is either delivered in two formats; in cylinders that come in varying sizes or in a large tanker which then fills your own large storage tank which can be located aboveground or underground. These tanks need to meet specific requirements in order to store LPG as a huge amount of pressure is needed to keep LPG in its liquid form. LPG needs to be kept in its liquid state as its volume is 270x larger when in a gaseous form. LPG cylinders are available from sizes ranging from 4kg all the way up to 210kg, anything larger normally requires your own storage tank. If you are using LPG to provide heating and hot water for your domestic or commercial property, then you will probably want to get a storage tank installed at your property rather than using cylinders (as the cylinders will run out very quickly). This isn’t to say you can’t use LPG cylinders to heat your home as smaller properties have been known to use tanks between 47kg and 210kg. The smaller cylinders are more applicable if you only require portable heating, heat for cooking, generators, mobile catering, patio heaters, BBQs and mobile homes.
On average the price of LPG ranges between £0.70 and £0.90 per litre, in comparison to oil which ranges between £1.00 and £1.10 per litre. When looking at the price per kWh you can see that: on average LPG is £0.07 per kWH, oil on average is £0.05 per kWH, gas on average is £0.06 per kWh and electric is the most expensive at £0.25 per kWh on average. As detailed in these statistics, even though LPG is cheaper per litre than oil, oil is cheaper per kWh as it is the more efficient fuel and provides more energy for the fuel used. Please bear in mind that these are rough price estimates based on the prices at the time of writing this, oil prices will also vary depending on the type of oil used.
Although LPG boilers aren’t being banned alongside gas boilers in 2025, new build homes will still be subject to reaching the carbon reduction targets set by the government. This may mean that having an LPG boiler might make it impossible to reach the carbon reduction target, therefore making it illegal by proxy if they prevent the property from reaching the target. Also gas boilers aren’t being banned in their entirety but will be banned from being installed in new builds as of 2025.